Published On: Thu, Jul 19th, 2018

Israel: The major companies join LGBT strike against surrogacy law

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blocked a legal change that would have given gay men the right to become parents, sparking protests and LGBT strike

LGBT parade in Tel Aviv Photo Ido Erez

The declaration of the LGBT Association in Israel that it will launch a strike on Sunday following the discrimination against the gay community in the wake of the approval of the surrogacy law so that it prohibits homosexuals from doing the procedure in Israel, many companies announced that they support their employees who will choose to join the strike.

Among the high-tech companies that announced their support are Logic, Natural Intelligence, Cyprzen, Novocure, MindSpace, IBM, Aeronews, Calatrava, Windward, Myheritigh, softwheel, Cybereason, Kaltura, Spot.im, Similarweb, Wibbitz, Solto, Fiverr and Security EnSilo announced that they would join the fight and support any employee who chooses to strike on Sunday.

Microsoft, which also gives 60,000 NIS to gay workers who apply for surrogacy in the US or Canada,

SodaStream announced its joining the fight and the company’s CEO, Daniel Birnbaum, has pledged to donate about NIS 61,000 to the “proud fathers’ association”.

Teva, Bank Leumi, Ichilov hospital, Municipality of Tel Aviv, Shufersal, Bezeq, IBM, Facebook, El AL and  two of the largest food companies Tnuva and Osem, and other Israeli big companies and organizations allowing employees to strike on Sunday, and issued a circular to all committees calling on employees to participate in the LGBT community in protest without infringing their rights

According to Rinat Kaposa, human resources manager at CyberSign, the company supports the ongoing struggle of the LGBT community for full equality of rights. “We protest against any discrimination whatsoever and support workers who want to go out and demonstrate against the move in the Knesset”, she said. “Regrettably, even in 2018, the Israeli ecosystem is in contradiction between technological and ethical progress and the reality in the Israeli Knesset. We are pleased to hear that other large companies have joined this call and are proud to take part in the struggle. Love is love.”

Sigal Sror, Kaltura’s vice president of human resources, said that the right to become a parent in Israel must be equal. “A baby’s smile is a basic right in Israel, just like the equality on which the State of Israel is based”, she said, “The company encourages every employee to join the LGBT strike. The  equality begin with the encouragement of employees to support their friends and therefore any employee who wants to join his teammates will not be charged on a day off. The company calls on other companies to turn their personal struggle into a public one.”

Ido Golberg of Spot.IM said: “We insist on the right of every person to be a parent and to establish a family. Families come in all kinds and colors, and therefore we support an unjust struggle and stand behind every employee who decides to protest and strike on Sunday.”

SoftWheel CEO Daniel Barel said “We decided to support the upcoming LGBT strike on Sunday. The surrogacy law passed by the Knesset this week is not compatible with the company’s values. The company will allow its workers to join the strike without being charged on a day off.”

Zohar Dayan, CEO and founder of WebTiz: “As an international company we understand the need and importance of accepting the different and creating an environment of equal opportunities for everyone. We will continue to support the international LGBT community in various ways, including allowing the use of our video-conferencing services for organizations working for the proud and proud worldwide. ”

The LGBT organization complains of years of discrimination, racism and hypophobic statements. They are facing problems with parenting, surrogacy, adoption, street security, recognition, marriage, divorce.

Discriminatory treatment by the authorities regarding birth certificates, egg donation between spouses, discrimination in conditions of detention, prohibition of conversion treatments, high suicide rates.

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